REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION, VITAL TO PREVENTING TEENAGE PREGNANCY DURING THE PANDEMIC
“Teenage pregnancy is unplanned, but not necessarily unwanted, and unplanned pregnancy means no regrets.”
These are some of the findings presented by Dr. Gloria Luz M. Nelson, Professor of Sociology, University of the Philippines Los Baños, from the study of 18 teenagers from nine provinces in seven regions in the Philippines who are pregnant, mothers, or are both pregnant and are mothers at the same time, during the COVID 19 pandemic crisis.
DOST SUPPORTS PH ECONOMIC RECOVERY PROGRAM
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country by surprise, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has remained steadfast and is still on high gear as it continues to implement innovative projects and programs that will address, not only the health crisis but, also help boost the efforts of the national government on its economic recovery program.
Taking off from the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” initiative of the government, the DOST has now put into maximum overdrive several projects to support the NEDA-led Task Group on Recovery dubbed as the Recharge PH program that involves three sub-task groups composed of different government agencies.
For its part, the DOST will contribute to this initiative on national economic recovery through the following areas: enhancement of people’s livelihood, community empowerment, industry development, startup research grants, financial and technical assistance for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), and continued services through innovation hubs, technology centers, and regional laboratories.
DOST HIGHLIGHTS 2020 PIVOT ON HEALTH EMERGENCY, CONTINUES R&D
The year 2020, despite the challenges brought by natural and health hazards in a global scale, proved to be a defining moment for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The Science Department stepped up amidst the pandemic and its different initiatives have never been much sought after in the larger scale of things. In fact, the DOST, for its part, recalibrated some of its research and development (R&D) programs to give way to more pressing concerns in the country’s fight against COVID-19 while continuing other activities, true to its mandate, to address other socio-economic concerns using science, technology, and innovation (STI).
CALL FOR PROPOSAL ON FOOD RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (R&D proposals)
The R & D Program
The Food Processing Innovation Center – Davao is now accepting Food Research and Development (R&D) proposals for CY 2021 funding support, in pursuit of promoting local food research that can help MSMEs in the food industry to improve the quality of their existing products and/or develop and commercialize new ones: thereby increasing their competitiveness in local and export markets. This program is DOST’s contribution to the Regional Inclusive Innovation Cluster initiatives in Davao Region.
DigiHub FabLab Davao wins 3rd Place in DTI 7’s FabFest
The DigiHub FabLab Davao bagged 3rd Place in the Fabsiklaban Competition of the Fabrication Festival 4 (FabFest 4) hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 7.
Focused on the theme, “Fabricating the New Normal”, DigiHub’s entry features the “Mirror Board”, an innovative device fabricated by the team to provide the teachers or instructors a tool that can help them adapt the new way of conducting their classes which are now done online.